INDIANA GENEALOGY TRAILS
HARRISON COUNTY INDIANA
WILLS AND PROBATES
most transcribed from FHL Film 1404686
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THOMAS SMITH WILL
Dated Aug 18, 1876
 
I Thomas Smith of Harrison County and the state of Indiana being of  sound mind and memory, but knowing the frail tenure of life and that it is appointed unto all men to die,
do hereby make this my last Will and  Testament
 
First I give and bequeath to my wife Catherine the farm on which I now reside, and the proceeds of the same, so long as she does live.
Said farm being a part of the South east quarter of section seventeen (17), three (3) south  of range five (5) east in Franklin Township, Harrison Co. Indiana, also twenty acres of land,
excepting three (3) small lots deeded for a graveyard. Said land a part of the north west fourth quarter of north west quarter of section twenty one (21) township and then three (3)
south of range five (5) east in  Franklin Township, Harrison County church state of Indiana, with the proceeds of the same as long as she does live, after her death the above lands
are to be sold by my executors and the proceeds to be divided as herein after directed.
Also give to my wife one cow and as many hogs as may be in my possession at the time of my death, also as much of the household furniture as she may see proper to keep,
also my wife is to receive the  interest on all notes or money that I may have at the time of my death.
The balance of my personal property to be sold  at private or public sale.
 
First, I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucinda Decker two hundred and fifty dollars
I give and bequeath of my son Daniel Smith two hundred and fifty dollars.
I give and bequeath to my son George R. Smith two hundred dollars
I give and and bequeath of my son Phillip Smith two hundred and fifty dollars.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia Alton two hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Smith two hundred and fifty dollars.
I give two hundred dollars to be divided equal among the children of my daughter Mary E. Alton.
My sons John and Benjamin Smith having received their portions do not come in as heirs until the above requests are paid.
The money remaining is to be divided equally amongst all my children, John  and Benjamin Smith included.
I reserve the following lot as a burial ground for myself and my family. Beginning at the South east corner of the Southeast quarter of section seventeen (17) in town, three (3) range of five
(5) east of running, thence North twenty feet, thence west the length of the old grave yard, then
South 20 feet to the section line, thence East to the beginning place .(this part was very hard to read I have transcribed it to the best of my ability).
 
I desire my executors to sell my lands either at public or private sale as they think best and make deed of the same to the person or persons purchasing the same.
 
I desire to be buried in a plain and decent manner and the funeral expenses to be paid out of the first money that comes into my executors hands.
 
I do hereby appoint Benjamin F.  Smith and Henry Wertz as Executors of this my last Will and  Testament. I think I have done justice to all my children, and hope no one
will think hard of what I have done. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and my seal, this the 18th day of August, one thousand eight and seventy six.
                                                                         signed
                                                                   Thomas Smith
witnessed
Thomas Gresham, John Smith
Henry Wertz, John Miller

Monday Sep. 4th , 1893 and 1st day of the term:
 
I desire my executors to sell my land either at private or public sale as they may think best and make deeds of the same to the person or persons purchasing the same. Said executor further reaffirms  that he thought best to sell said real estate at private sale, and in pursuance of the authority given in said Will proceeded to sell the same on the 15th day of June 1893, by posting notices for such sale in 8 public places in Franklin Township, where said real estate is situated, that  on and after the first day of July 1893, he would offer said real estate except a part thereof reserved for a burial lot by said decedent at private sale for not less than the full appraisal value thereof a copy of said notice is filed herewith, and on the 21st day of July 1893 Phillip Ott offered for said real estate the sum of Fourteen hundred and ten dollars and said sum being the best bid then and there offered  and the highest price that he could get for the same, said executor openly sold said real estate to said Phillip Ott for said sum of Fourteen hundred and ten dollars.
The following  part thereof  reserved  by said decedent in his will as a burial ground.
Beginning at the south east corner of the southeast quarter of section 17 in township three south and in range 5 east, running thence north 20 feet, thence west the length of the old graveyard, thence south  twenty feet to the section line, thence east to the place of beginning  and said part was excepted from the said sale and the same was not sold.
Said purchaser waived the credit prescribed in the notice of said sale and paid the full amount of said purchase price to wit:
The sum of Fourteen hundred and ten dollars, cash in hand .
Said Catherine Smith , widow of the decedent died on the ___February 1893. Said executors asks that said sale be conveyed and that he be authorized and empowered to execute to said purchaser a deed of conveyance for the said real estate and report the same to court at this time.
                                                                    signed Henry Wertz , Executors
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24th day of July 1893.
                                                                      signed, Amos Lemmon, Clerk
 
And it is now ordered buy the court that the Executor execute a deed of conveyance to the purchaser of said real estate
And now comes said Executor and presents and files in open court a deed of Conveyance for the real estate so sold as afore said, and the same is submitted to the court and no objections being made the same is fully approved and said Deed is in words and figures following to wit:

                                             EXECUTORS DEED
                                   Delivered to Wm. Meyer jan. 9, 1894
 
Henry Wertz as executor of the last Will of Thomas Smith deceased by order of the Harrison Circuit Court of Harrison County, Indiana, entered in Order Book No. 27 on page 93 of the recent said court, Conveys to Phillip Ott, the following real estate to wit:
 
Beginning at the south east corner of said section 17, and running west with the section line 65 poles to a stone planted in the section; thence north with 13 (Note: there is a 0 here with a slash running through it, I do not know what this means)  east 45 poles to a stone; thence north 53 ( again the 0 with the slash running through it) west 91 poles to a stone; thence south 72 west 28 poles to a stone planted in the north and south section line, thence north with the section line 50 poles to the quarter section corner, thence east with the quarter section 122 poles to a stone, thence south 22 ( again the 0 with the slash through it) east 77 poles to a stone, thence north 38 east 21 and 1/2 poles to a corner in Little Indiana Creek, thence south with the section 98 poles to the place of beginning, containing 94 acres, 1 road and 11 perches, except the following part to wit:
 
Beginning at the southwest corner of the southeast quarter of section seventeen running thence north 20 feet, thence west the length of the old graveyard, thence south 20 feet.
 
(Note this is the end of this part of the Executors deed. I feel sure the rest of it pertains to the part in the Will referring to the burial place for Thomas Smith and his family)
(Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

     JOHN GRESHAM WILL
Dated August 5 1872
 
I John Gresham of the County of Harrison, state of Indiana being of sound mind and disposing  mind and memory and understanding do make , publish and declare this to be my last will and testaments, hereby revoking and making null and void all former last wills & testaments by me heretofore made.
(1) My will is first, that my funeral charges and just debts shall be paid by my executor herein after named.
(2)  I give and bequeath to my son Cyrus Gresham twenty two (22) acres off the south side of my real estate on which I now reside, joining Iverson Lynn
(3) I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Grable, twenty two (22) acres of the above named real estate, joining Cyrus on the North.
(4) I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Wolf and William Wolf her husband, the residue of my estate above named joining Sally Grable on the North
(5) To Joseph C. Gresham my son, I have given of my real and personal property his portion in full.
(6) To James M. Gresham, my grandson child of Jeremiah Gresham my son deceased. I give and bequeath ($100) one hundred Dollars as his portion in full.
(7) To Lucinda Wolf my granddaughter. I give and bequeath at my death my bed and beding bureau and stand table.
(8) To John Gresham my son I give ($200) two hundred dollars in money out of my personal estate that being his portion in full.
(9) I furthermore appoint my son-in-law Wm. H. Wolf executor of this my last will and testament.In testimony whereof I the said John Gresham have here subscribed my name and affixed my seal this the 25th (twenty fifth) day of October A.D. 1871
                                                                             signed John Gresham
John Gresham's Will signed , sealed in the presence of us this day and date above.
witnesses:
D.W. Gresham & James T. Green
 
The state of Indiana, Harrison County, before the undersigned Clerk of the Harrison County court of Common Pleas on the 5th day of August 1872 personally came D.W. Gresham & James T. Green and produced the within foregoing and annexed instrument of writing purporting  to be the last Will and Testament of John Gresham to state all they knew concerning the execution of said Will, depose as follows. That said John Gresham signed, sealed published and declared the annexed instrument to be his last Will and Testament in their presence and at  the request of said testator was of lawful age to devise his property of sound & disposing memory and mind and not under restraint or coercion in any way whatsoever or further say not.            
                                                                               signed D. W. Gresham
                                                                                          James T. Green
Subscribed and sworn to before me the 5th day of August 1872, in testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of said County at the Clerks office in the town of Corydon, state of Indiana, aforesaid this date above
                                                                              ATTEST: B. P. Douglas, Clerk
 
the State of Indiana, Harrison County- Benjamin P. Douglas ,Clerk of the court of Common please for Harrison County state of Indiana do hereby certify that the foregoing named D. W. Gresham and James T. Green personally appeared before me on the 5th day of August 1872 and took and subscribed the above oath in the due form of law.
(Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

WILLIAM GRESHAM WILL
September 25, 1813
 
In the name of God, Amen
I, William Gresham of Harrison County, Indiana Territory being in a lowe(sic) State of health but perfect in mind and memory but calling to mind that is appointed unto all men once to die.
I do hereby constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament.
My Love I gave to almighty God that first gave it hoping at the day of Resurrection, I shall appear at the rite hand of my creator with my blessed Savour (sic) my body I recommend to my Mother Clary to be buried in a Christian manner as to my worldly Estate my will is that all my Estate shall be sold to the highest bidder giving twelve months credit and after my Just debts is paid the ballance  (sic) if any is to remain in the hands of my beloved wife Rebeckah, for her own Desposeal (sic), during widder (sic) hood, if she should marry again than and equal division between all my serveving (sic) children at her second mareage (sic), and to carry this my last Will  and Testament into compleat (sic) opperration (sic), I do hereby constitute and appoint George Gresham and Dennis Pennington my Lawful Executores (sic), giving under my hand and sele (sic) this 25th day of September 1813
                                                                    signed William Gresham (X his mark)
 
signed in presence of
Polly Rumbly, (her mark)
Phillip Gresham ( his mark)
Ann Crutchfield
 
Indiana Territory sct.
nova. 5th 1813
This day Polly Rumbly, Phillip Gresham, and Ann Crutchfield came personally before me Richard M. Heth, Clerk of Court of Common Pleas Harrison County, and made oath that William Gresham signed, sealed acknowledged and delivered the within Instrument of Writing, Purporting to be his last Will and Testament to be his act and deed therefore I have admitted the same to record in my Office in Will book A, Pages 29 and 30                                                 
(Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

PHILLIP GRESHAM WILL

State of Indiana, Harrison County  Sept. 3, 1851
Know all men by these presents that I  Phillip Gresham in my last Will and Testament made this day and date above named to hereby grant and give and divide my Estate ,consisting of real and personal property .
To Wit: My wife Elizabeth Gresham the use of the home place  her lifetime.
Further her portion  of personal property to my daughter Polly and her heirs the 40 acres on which they live and which her husband has improved and also to her and her heirs five  hundred dollars ($500)  to them to be payed out of my estate, this is all I give to her and her  heirs.
 My tract of land containing 100 or 180 ( can't tell which) acres on the New Albany and Lanesville road I give to my five (5) sons, William Gresham, David M. Gresham, Jesse Gresham, and Phillip Thomas  Gresham equally. The Real Estate of the home place, containing 155  for Nancy Jane Gresham and ( Larence E. Gresham , hear Lucinda G. Gresham) one tract which a portion of it as will make them equal to the others and no more. I have give George Gresham his portion of Real Estate in a land warrant and I intend my personal property to be divided equally among the heirs, Except Polly to her I have given all I intended at least in this I have named what is to be given her
                                                                      signed Phillip (X) Gresham
witness: T. E.  Ryan & William Pennington
 
The State of Indiana, Harrison
               In   Vacation (?)  of the Harrison County Probate Court
                                Be it remembered that on this  31st day of Sept. A.D. 1851 personally appeared before me Henry W.  (can't read) clerk of the probate court of said county of Harrison. Thomas E. Ryan and William Pennington of said County and of lawful age and the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last Will and  Testament of Phillip Gresham late of said County of Harrison deceased who being by said Clerk duty sworn to state all they knew concerning the executing subscribing and other (can't read)  of said will by the said Phillip Gresham the testator signed, sealed ,acknowledged, published and declared said instrument of writing to be his last Will and Testament, as therein specified and set forth in their presence and requested them to subscribe their names thereto as witness which they done in presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other and there further say  on their oaths.
(Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

Probate of Estate of Benjamin Haines
(Depositions)  2 May 1842

The depositions of Abraham Coffman, Jeremiah Floyd, Coe H. Conklin and Elizabeth Conklin taken on the second day of May 1842 at the office of David M. Johnson, Esqr. In the town of Greenville in the county of Floyd in the State of Indiana, to be read as evidence in behalf of the applicants in and  application for the partition of the real estate of  Benjamin Haines decd, now pending in the Probate court of Harrison county Indiana in which Daniel Dean and wife and others are applicants and a Margaret Haines is defendant.
Abraham Coffman of lawful age and first duly sworn deposes in answer to interrogations as follows:
Question by Applicants: 
Do you or not know of Benjamin Haines in his life time advancing any money to his son Rezin Haines in his, Rezin’s life time, if yes state how much he advanced, when he advanced it, and all you know about it.
Ans.:
In the summer of 1825 I with others were concerned in establishing a clock factory, in which establishment Rezin Haines became a partner, and furnished for the benefit of the establishment twenty dollars which he said at the time his father had advanced to him.  I afterwards sold my interest in the establishment to Rezin Haines and another partner by the name of Lewis for about forty or forty five dollars which they paid me but how much each one paid or where they obtained the loan I do not know.
Question by Applicants: 
If you can, state what the value of Rezin Haines interest in the clock establishment was, whether he had any funds previous to his entering into that establishment and whether he had any other source from which to procure funds than from his father. 
Ans.:
In a short time after I sold my interest in the establishment, Rezin Haines sold his interest in it also for a quarter section of land in Illinois, but I cannot say what they valued the land at.  I should think that the tools and materials furnished by Rezin could not have cost him less than two hundred dollars.  I do not know whether he had previously to that any funds or not.  I know of none.  He was at the time a single man living with his father and had been living with him.  I know of no source from which he could draw funds unless his father would furnish them..
By same:
Do  you know of Rezin Haines collecting any money belonging to Benjamin Haines, if  yes, state how much, and all you know concerning it.
Ans.:
About twelve or thirteen years ago I purchased a bond given by Benjamin Haines for the conveyance of a tract of land, upon which there was about ninety five dollars due as a balance of the purchase money.  I gave Benjamin Haines my note for that sum, and afterwards paid the money I think to Rezin Haines, and Benjamin Haines, sometimes after this payment made me a deed for the land.
And further this deposement says not.

A. Coffman

Coe H. Conklin, of lawful age and duly sworn deposes in answer to interrogations as follows:
Question by Applicants: 
Do you or not know of Benjamin Haines in his life time advancing any money or property to his son Rezin Haines, if yes, state how much money he advanced, and what property he advanced and its value.
Ans: 
At he time of establishing the clock factory spoken of above by Mr. Coffman, I was intimate in the family of Benjamin Haines, and I know that Rezin Haines had no means of his own to establish such a factory, he was about nineteen or twenty years of age, though is father permitted him to employ his time to his own advantage, I also heard him say at that time that his father assisted him in that establishment.  I do not know the amount of funds advanced to him at that time by his father, but he sold  his interest in the factory for a tract of land valued at two hundred dollars and it was the opinion of his father at the time, that Rezin had lost money by the trade unless the land should turn out to be valuable.  I also recollect that this old gentleman Benjamin, advanced to Rezin three horses at different times, one of these valued at seventy five dollars, another valued at sixty dollars, and the third one valued at fifty of fifty five dollars; also a yoke of oxen valued at forty dollars and a rifle gun valued at twenty five dollars.  I also recollect that Benjamin Boston owed Mr. Benjamin Haines sixteen dollars which Rezin collected and used in the old man’s life time, and also twelve dollars which Rezin collected from Joseph Woods and used which money was owing to the old man. 
Question:
State whether or not you have any interest in  (the estate of Benjamin Haines)  . . . . . . .(missing).
. .  . of Benjamin Haines decd.
And further this deposement says not.
C. H. Conklin
Jeremiah Floyd of  lawful age and first duly sworn deposes in answer to interrogations as follows:
Question by applicants: 
Do you or not know of Benjamin Haines advancing in his life time any money or property to his son Rezin Haines in his life time if yes, state how much money he so advanced and what property and the value of the property.
Ans:
I know nothing of his advancing any money to Rezin;  but I know of him letting Rezin have three horses, one yoke of oxen, and rifle gun and two cows.   One of the horses was valued at seventy five dollars, one was worth sixty dollars and the other was worth fifty or fifty five dollars, the yoke of oxen was valued at forty dollars, the gun at twenty five dollars, and the two cows were worth eighteen dollars.  I also know of Rezin Haines selling another yoke of young cattle belonging to Benjamin Haines, but I do not know what he sold them for, but I think this last yoke was worth twenty five dollars.

And further this deposment says not.

        His
        Jeremiah   X  Floyd
        Mark

 Elizabeth Conklin  of lawful age and duly sworn deposes in answer to interrogations as follows:
Question by  Applicants: 
Do you or not know of Benjamin Haines in his life time advancing any money or property to his son Rezin Haines in his life time, if yes state how much money he so advanced and what property and its value.
Ans.:
I know of him, Benjamin Haines, assisting Rezin to establish a clock factory, the amount he advanced him with I do not know.  Rezin at that time had no funds whatever, he was a single man and under twenty one years of age, though his father let him work for himself.  Rezin sold his interest in the factory for a tract of land in Illinois valued at two hundred dollars and took the deed in his own name.  This land he owned at his death and now belongs to his daughter.  Rezin also let Robert Ferguson have a note for collection without his father’s knowledge.  Ferguson collected the money  but never paid it, it was wholly lost to the family and his father was much displeased with what Rezin had done about the note, the note was for fifty dollars.  Rezin always lived with  is father til the time of his death, and I am sure he received more from his father than any of the other children.  I also know of Rezin getting from his father other articles of property testified to by Misters Conklin and Floyd.
Question by same:
Have you any interest in the result of this suit, or have you any claim to any of the real estate of which Benjamin Haines decd seized.
Ans.:
I have no interest in the result of this suit, nor have I any right or claim whatever to any of the lands of which Benjamin Haines decd seized, and have not had any claim thereto fore the last six years.
And further this deposment says not.
    Elisabeth Conklin

I David M. Johnston, an acting justice of the peace in and for the county of Floyd in the state of Indiana do hereby certify that the above depository of Abraham Coffman, Coe H. Conklin, Jeremiah Floyd, and Elizabeth Conklin were taken for the use and purposes mentioned in the caption thereof.
Given under my hand and seal the 2nd day of May 1842.
David M. Johnson  J. P.   (Seal)
Justices fees $1.50  $2.00
Copyright 2004 by Sue Pearson Carpenter, All rights reserve
Published here with her written permission


Report of Commissioners Estate of Benajmin Haines

To the honorable Probate court of Harrison County, IA, the undersigned commissioners appointed at the February term of this court to make petition of all the lands lying within the
counties of Harrison and Floyd belonging to the estate of Benjamin Haines decd among the several owners and proprietorz thereof according to their several rights, now respectfully
report that after being duly g______ ____ ___ of the statues in such common and provided, they proceeded to and did make partition of said lands among the several owners as
follows, that is to say To Katharine Hains the S. E. quarter of section twenty four in township one south and in range three east containing one hundred and sixty acres, and also the
east half of the north east quarter of section twenty five in township one south and in range three east containing eighty acres.

To Daniel Dean and James Hains jointly the southwest quarter of section nineteen in township one south and range four east containing one hundred and thirty four acres and
81/100 , and the north west fourth of the north west quarter of section thirty in township one south and in range four east containing thirty one acres and 44/10 and also lot number
one hundred and twenty in the town of Greenville Floyd county Ia, lying 3 on Harrison street

To James Haines lot number ten in the town of New Albany Floyd county IA, on upper Elm street,, and lot number seventy in the town of Greenville Floyd county lying on man street
and also lot number one hundred and twenty one on Hampton street in the town of Greenville.

To Margaret Haines all that part of the east of line running through said land so as to divide it into an equal number of acres.

And to Daniel Dean all Ù part of the aforesaid tract to wit, that part of the south west quarter of section five in township two south and in range five east, whichÙlies south of an east and west line running through the same so as to divide it into an equal number of  acres.

All the above named heirs are minors excepting Mr. and Mrs. Dean.

The above described lands were all of which we were advised, that  belonged to the estate of Benjamin Hains, decd   And the above named persons are all the heirs entitled to a
share thereof.  All of which is respectfully submitted.  May 13, 1839.

Hays McCallen
Davis Foutz
Wilson Ryan

Hays McCallan served three days as commissioner
David Fouts           “      four  “                   “
Wilson Byrn          “      four  “                   “
Compsn allow.  $1 each per day
_________________________________________________
Benj. Haines

Danl Dean & wife vs others:
Report of Comss
Notice  of Partition of real estate

Margaret Hains

May 15, 1839 report  acknowledged in open Court by Wilson Ryon and David Fouts
as confirmed  by the Court and Ordered to be recorded
____________
Submitted to Indiana Trails 7 May 2006 by Sue P. Carpenter, all rights reserved


 
         WILL OF JACOB BEANBLOSSOM
November 8, 1866
 
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all.
I ,Jacob Beanblossom of the county of Harrison and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
 
Item 1st.: I give and devise to my beloved wife,in lieu of her dower the farm on which we now live. Situated in the county of Harrison and State of Indiana. To Wit: The South east quarter of Section twenty four in township five, south of Range two (2) East containing about one hundred and sixty acres during her natural life, and all the stock,household goods, furniture, provisions, and the goods and vittles (that is what it looks like) that may be there on at the time of my decease, during her natural life as aforesaid.
 
Item 2nd: I devise and bequeath  to my son Jacob W. Beanblossom  and his heirs, the East half of the above named tract of land to have and to hold from and after the death of his said Mother to him and his heirs  and assign forever.
 
Item 3rd:. At the death of my said wife , the west half of the above named tract of land, and such part of said personal property or the proceeds thereof as may then remain unconsumed, and unexpended, I give and devise to my other children and grand child to wit:
Mary Ann Wall (?) , Margaret Wall (?), Lucinda Meisman, Sarah Beanblossom, Nancy Beanblossom, Catherine Beanblossom, Eliza Beanblossom, and John L. Beanblossom to be equally divided between them or sold and the proceeds do thereof be equally divided between them,as to them or their guardians may see best.
 
Item 4th: I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife guardian of all my above named children which shall be minors at the time of my death, until they shall arrive at they age of twenty one years or intermarry.
 
Item 5th: I do hereby nominate and appoint  John W. Lapp executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such a manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me, I do hereby also  authorize and empower him, if it shall be necessary  in order to pay my debts, to sell in such a manner, upon such times of executor otherwise,  and as he may think proper any part
 
Part 2 Jacob Beanblossom Will
of my personal estate first, and if necessary any part of my real estate commencing at the east side thereof, and deeded to purchasers to excent (? word very hard to read) , acknowledge and deliver in fee simple.
 
I do hereby revoke  all former Wills or Testaments by me made. In testimony whereof, I have here unto set my hand and seals this twentieth  (20) day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand  eight hundred  and fifty two (1852)
         
                                                                       signed Jacob (X) Beanblossom.
 
Signed and acknowledged by Sara Jacob  Beanblossom as his last Will and Testament in our presence  and signed by us in his presence.                   J. G. Winder
                                                                                  Christian Beanblossom
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
 
Before me the undersigned clerk of the Harrison County court of common pleas swear this the 8th day of November 1866, personally  came John W. Lapp (Lopp)  and produced the within forgoing  and annexed instrument of writing purporting  to be the last Will and Testament of Jacob Beanblossom, late of Harrison County declared  who being by me duly  sworn to state  all he knew concerning said last Will depose as follows:
That said Jacob Beanblossom signed, sealed and published and declared the annexed instrument to be his last will and Testament in the presence and Christian Beanblossom made his mark, and at the request of said Testator and in the presence of each other: That at the time of executing said last Will and Testament was of lawful age to devise his property, of sound and disposing memory and mind and not under restraint or coercion in any way whatsoever and since that time said subscribing witnesses have both departed this life and are now dead and I know their signature to said last Will to be genuine and in their handwriting.
                                                                   John W. Lapp )Lopp)
 
Subscribed and sworn to before me the 8th day of November 1866. In testimony whereof I here unto set my hand and affix the official seal of said court at the clerks office in the said town.
 
Part 3 Jacob Beanblossom Will
of Corydon, State and county aforesaid this date above
                                                            attest, W. Hancock. Clerk H.C.
 
State of  Indiana, Harrison County.
 
I William Hancock clerk of the court common Pleas for Harrison County ,state of Indiana, do hereby certify that the foregoing name John W. Lapp (Lopp) personally appeared before me on the 8th day of November 1866 and took and subscribed the above cash in due form of law. Witness my hand, and the official seal of said court, at the clerks office in the Town of Corydon, state and county aforesaid in the day and year above matter.
                                                                     signed, Wm. Hancock, clerk H.C.
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
 
I William Hancock clerk of the Harrison common pleas court in and for the said county, do certify that the annexed will of Jacob Beanblossom has been duly admitted to probate and that its execution was this day proven by John Lapp (Lopp) where _____ ( can't read this word)
and the attestations of said clerk, together with said record of Wills, book C page 330,331,332 and that the forgoing is a full, true and compatible record thereof.
                     In testimony whereof, I here unto set me hand and affix the official seal of said court at the clerks office in the town of Corydon, State and county aforesaid, this the 8th day of November 1866
                                                                   signed Wm. Hancock clerk H.C.
 
Filed. surety  ( can't read but think this is correct ) stamped in the clerks office of the Harrison common Pleas court and recorded on the 6th day of  November 1866
                                                                 signed Wm. Hancock Clerk
(Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

SUSAN LYNN WILL
JANUARY 17, 1852
 
I, Susan Lynn being in a feeble state of health but of sound mind and memory, do dispose of my affects. ,do hereby make the following my Will and Testament.
I give and bequeath after my proper expenses are paid to my only child William Taylor Lynn all my notes, cash and all my personal property if he shall live to inherit the same, and in case of his death, I give and bequeath to my mother Jane Bentley, as I give and bequeath to my son, and in case both my son and my mothers death, I give and bequeath to my sister Matilda Bentley all my estate as above.
I hereby appoint my Mother Jane Bentley guardian for my child, to manage his person and property and take care of him as she shall think best till he becomes of age to choose his own guardian, and my mother as guardian I wish her not to be bound to give any security for her guardianship ,except as she pleas to do so.
Signed, sealed and acknowledged this 17th day of January 1852, in presents (sic) of us as subscribing witnesses.                                                     Signed Susan (X) Lynn
George Bentley & Susan Keen
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
                    I, Hugh Neeley clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, Certify that the written last Will and Testament of Susan Lynn, late of Harrison County, deceased, has been duly admitted to Probate that it's execution  was this day proven by me in Open Court by George Bentley and Susan Keen the subscribing witnesses to the same and they said will has been duly recorded on the 30th page of the Record of Wills in our office.
             Jn. Witness, Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of our said Court this 25th day of January 1853.
                                                                      signed Hugh Neeley, Clerk
                                                                       Harrison County
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Dennis Pennington Will
date Apr. 23, 1851
 
In the name of God, Amen.
I Dennis Pennington of the County of Harrison, and State of Indiana being of sound mind and memory and understanding,but being advanced in years, and knowing the uncertainty  of life, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
 
First; I give and bequeath to my son Sack (sic) Pennington  sixty acres of land being a part of the South East  quarter of section four in township B.  S of range ( ? unable to read this  ) East and bounded as follows Wit: Commencing at the  North East  corner of said quarter, running  then west 60 poles, thence (? unreadable)  to the south line of said quarter, thence east to the south east corner of said  quarter section, thence  north to the place beginning to him and his heirs applies forever.
 
Second: I give and will to my son Dennis Pennington the residue of my real estate being, the west part of said quarter section of land above described and a part of the south west quarter of same section township, and range,  to him and his heirs and applies forever.
In witness whereof I hereby sign my name and affix my seal this the 23rd day of April 1851
                                                                             signed Dennis Pennington
 
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the Testator, as his last Will and Testament in presence of us, who at his request and in his presence and in presence of each other have signed the same as witnesses this 23 day of April 1851
                                                                             signed Thomas Slaughter
                                                                                        Samuel J. Wright
 
State of Indiana ,Harrison
We Thomas C. Slaughter & Samuel J. Wright swear that the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Dennis Pennington, late of said county, deceased, was executed by the said Dennis Pennington in our presence as his last Will and Testament and so acknowledged by him, that at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, that at the time of executing said last Will and Testament the said Dennis Pennington was of full age to devise his property and that  he was of sound mind and memory and not under any coercion and restraint.
                                                                      signed Thomas C. Slaughter
                                                                                 Samuel J. Wright.
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
   I, Hugh Neely clerk of the court of Common Pleas of Harrison County, certify that the within last Will and Testament of Dennis Pennington late of Harrison County, deceased, has been duly admitted to probate, that it's execution was this day proven by Thomas Slaughter and Samuel J. Wright whose proof together  with such will  have been duly recorded on the 68th and 69th pages of the Record of Wills in our office.
   In Testimony whereof I hereunto  set my hand and affix the seal of said court this 14th day of October 1854.                                        signed Hugh Neely, Clerk

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DUNCAN McRAE WILL
DATE, MAR. 20, 1839
 
I Duncan McRae of Harrison County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will & Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time, hereto for made.
 
First: I direct that my body be decently interned and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my established situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to invest me with .
I desire that Farquar McRae have and posses the agreed half of the South half of the south west quarter of section  No.  thirty in township, from south of  range five east in Harrison County and State of Indiana, aforesaid.
I also direct that my sister Isabella McMillan living in the state of  Tennessee  have five dollars out of my personal estate in the state of Tennessee to be paid to her by my executor out of the first money that comes to hand
In Witness Whereof I Duncan McRae the Testator above named have hereunto set my hand and seal on the 20th day of March 1839
                                                                        signed, Duncan McRae

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GEORGE SHAFER WILL
Date Oct. 9, 1865

                                                           
In the name of God Amen, I George Shafer of the County of Harrison, State of Indiana being of sound mind and memory, blessed be God, do on the 9th day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Five, make and ordain this my last Will and Testament thereby revoking all wills and testaments heretofore by me made in manner and form as follows, that is to say.
First: I will and desire my body to be decently buried in the Lanesville graveyard, and after the
payment of all my just debts, I will that my beloved wife Sarah Shaffer have and retain her possession the whole of my estate con__ucting of lands, horses, cattle plus all other kinds of
stock and household and kitchen furniture; also all my tools consisting of a full assortment for wagon makeing and as long as she may or shall retain my name; and in the case of a second marriage, it is my will that she be restricted to one third of all the Estate above mentioned.  And further more I appoint and ordain my sons George G. Shafer and John C. Shafer  to act as my executors in dividing equally my estate at or after the death of my above mentioned wife; between themselves and  Elizabeth Lemuel, Barbary Ann, William and Jacob Shaffer, the above named children being the legal heirs to my estate:  Furthermore be it understood that should a second marriage take place that the amount of property or whatever means may be remaining due to my estate after the above named wife may be restricted to her above named portion. That the above named executors divide the remaining portion as directed above.
                                                                      signed George (X) Shaffer (seal)
 
Signed and sealed in the presence of witnesses
Louis Hussing and William Hussing
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
                                              Before me the undersigned clerk of the Harrison Court of Common Pleas  on the 13th day of November 1865, personally  came  Louis Hussing and William Hussing and produced the within foregoing will annexed instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament  of George Shaffer, late of said county declared who being by my duty  sworn to state all they knew concerning the execution of said will depose at follows:  That said George Shaffer, signed,sealed,published and declared, the annexed instrument to be his last Will and Testament, in the presence of the said affiants  Louis Hussing and William Hussing, that they signed their names thereto as subscribing witnesses in the presence and the request of said Testator, and in the presence of each other; that at the time of executing said last Will , said Testator was of lawful age to devise his property, of sound and disposing memory and mind, and not under restraint or coercion in any way whatever, and further sayeth not.                                
                                                                       signed: Louis Hussing
                                                                                   William Hussing
 
Subscribed and sworn to before me the 13th day of November 1865. In Testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix the official seal of said court, at clerk office in the town of Corydon, state and county afforesaid,  the state above
  (seal)                                                                          signed. Wm. Hancock,Clerk
                                                                                         C.C.P.H.C.
State of Indiana, Harrison County
                             I William Hancock clerk of the court of Common Pleas of Harrison County, State of Indiana, do hereby certify that the foregoing named Louis Hussing and William Hussing personally appeared before  me, on the 13th day of November, 1865 and took and subscribed the above oath in due form of law. Witness my hand, and the official seal of the said court at the clerk's office in the town of Corydon, state and county afforesaid on the day and year above mentioned.
(seal)                                                                 signed: Wm. Hancock,Clerk
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
                              I William Hancock clerk of the Harrison Court of Common Pleas in and for said County, do certify that the annexed will of George Shaffer has been duly admitted to probate, and that it's execution was this day proven by Louis Hussing, and William Hussing whose proof and the attestation of said clerk together with the said will have been duly recorded in my office in Record of Wills. Book "C" pages 298 and 299, and that the foregoing is a full, true and complete record thereof . In testimony whereof I here unto set my hand and affix the official seal of said court at the clerks office in the town of Corydon, State and County afforesaid this 13th day of November 1865.
  (seal)                                                                           signed:Wm. Hancock,Clerk
 
Filed and entered in the clerks office Harrison Court of Common Pleas November 13, 1865
                                                                             signed: Wm. Hancock. Clerk
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JOHN LOPP WILL
DATE:  May  2, 1865
                                              
 
In the name of God Amen, I John Lopp of Harrison County Indiana being weak of body but of a sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will in manner and term following:
First: I direct that after my death my body be decently buried in a manner corresponding to my circumstances as in life.
Second: I give and devise to my wife Lucinda Lopp all my real estate in the town of Corydon, Harrison County Indiana consisting of fifteen fee wide of the east side of lot number sixty six in said town and all of lot number sixty five in said town except sixty feet of the east side of said last named lot sold by John Rice to Frederick Leslie Jr and Philo G. Leslie,
Third: I give and bequeath to my wife Lucinda Lopp all my personal property subject to the payment of debts, funeral expenses and expenses of my last sickness,my wife shall have the right to sell etc. from my personal property articles as she wishes to keep having a sufficient amount in the hands of my executor to pay the debts and expense above directed to be paid out of it. Which property he shall sell for that purpose:
Fourth: I give and devise to my wife Lucinda Lopp my farm in the West Township , Harrison County on which I now reside. Said farm consists four parcels of land lying contiguous to each other.
To Wit:The west part of the north east quarter of Section thirty four in Township five South in range three east containing fifty five acres: The east part of the South east quarter of the same section Township and range, containing ___ of the same section Township  and range containing eighty four acre: and nine acres of the north part of  junction at section number three in Township six south in range three east. Should my wife think proper not to continue to reside said farm  nor have it cultivated.
She may sell it, in such a manner and as such terms as she shall think proper and apply the proceeds to her own use and benefit or other wise, as she shall think proper.
Fifth:  I further direct that my executor shall settle my  estate in accordance with this will without going into court or accounting to or in the court for the same and the settlement so made shall be valid.
Lastly  I hereby nominate and appoint my friend William A. Porter executor of this my last Will, In Witness whereof  I have hereunto signed,  set my hand and seal on the 2nd day of May 1865. Signed, sealed and acknowledge in the presence of:
William T. Jones & Charles W. Jordan
                                                  
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
                 Before me the undersigned clerk of the Harrison Court of Common Pleas on the 24th day of November 1866, personally came William T. Jones and Charles W. Jordan and produced the within foregoing, and subscribed instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will of John Lopp, late of said County deceased who being by me duly sworn to state all they knew concerning the execution of said Will, depose as followed:
that said John Lopp signed,sealed, published and declared, the annexed instrument to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of the affiants, William T. Jones and Charles W. Jordan, that they signed their  names thereto as subscribing witnesses: in the presence, and at the request of said Testator, and in the presence of each other: that at the time of executing said last Will and Testament, said Testator was of lawful age to devise his property of sound  and disposing memory and mind: and that not under restraint or coercion an any way whatsoever, and further saith not.
                                                            signed: William T. Jones
                                                                        Charles W. Jordan
 
Subscribed and sworn to before me the 24th day of November 1866.
           In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the official seal of said 
           court, at the clerks office in the town of Corydon, State of Indiana aforesaid this
           date above
(SEAL)                                                Attest: Wm. Hancock Clerk H.C.
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
           I William Hancock clerk of the court of common Pleas for Harrison County, state of Indiana do hereby certify that the foregoing named William T. Jones and Charles W. Jordan personally appeared before me on the 24th day of November 1866, and took and subscribed the above oath in due form of law. Witness my hand and the office of said court at the clerk's office in the Town of Corydon, State and county aforesaid, on the day and year above written.
   (SEAL)                                             signed Wm. Hancock Clerk C.O.P.H C.
 
 
State of Indiana, Harrison County
     I, William Hancock, clerk of the Harrison County court of Common Pleas in and for said county do certify that the annexed will of John Lopp has been duly admitted to probate and that its execution was this day proven by William T. Jones and Charles W. Jordan whose proof and the attestation of said Clerk, together, with said Will, has been duly recorded in my office in Record of Wills Book C, pages 333,334,335, and that the foregoing is a full and complete record thereof.
 
 (SEAL)                In Testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand, and affix the official seal of said court, at the clerks office in the town of Corydon, State of Indiana and County aforesaid this 24th day of November 1866
                                                      signed: Wm. Hancock, clerk
 
Filed, Recorded and duly stamped in the Harrison Common Please Court on the 24th day of November 1866.
                                                       signed, Wm. Hancock, Clerk
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GEORGE SHUCK WILL
Date : October 30,1848
 
In the name of God Amen,      I, George Shuck of the County of Harrison and State of Indiana being old and inferior, but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
 
First: I give to my beloved wife Catharine during her life and in satisfaction of her dower and such portion of my personal estate as the law would give her the small room of my dwelling home and one third of the balance of the house and the lots around the same between two spring branches and all the fruit trees therein and the necessary firewood, also one stable, one corn crib, and one half the barn spring house, and kitchen, also one half of customary rent of whatever may be raised on my cleared land to be delivered to her at each place on my land as she may direct, also ten apple trees in the lower bottom of my farm to be selected by her, and one acre of meadow where ever she may choose it on my farm, also pasture for as much stock as she may require for her own use, also one fourth of all the toll of my mill, also seventy dollars of my personal property at the  appraised value  after the same has been appraised, her bed and bedding and saddle is not to be appraised, she is to keep them exclusive of any appraisement, also twenty five bushel of corn, and two hundred pounds of pork, as bacon and six bushels of wheat for one year provisions exclusive  of any valuation, also she shall receive from all  the legatees that may receive part or all the legacy in cash ___ percent per annum on the amount received by said legatees during her lifetime, my Executor is to see that all the interest rents and toll is paid to my widdow. (sic)
 
Second: I devise to my son in law John Ham  in trust for the use of my daughter Polly Shafer during her life that parcel of land situate in said county and bounded as follows: beginning at the North east corner of the South east quarter of section thirteen Township four, south Range four east, thence west with the line of said quarter 110 poles, thence with 50 poles, thence east 110 poles, thence north  50 poles to the place of beginning containing 36 acres and  60 poles, at the death of my daughter Polly, I devise the said to her children and their heirs forever.
 
Third: I devise to my daughter Sally Shafer a part of the South west fourth of the Northeast quarter of section twenty four in Township four South of range four east, beginning at the South west corner of the South west quarter of said section, thence North 72 poles, thence east 85 poles, thence South 72 poles ,thence west 80 poles to the place of beginning containing 36 acres situate in said county subject to the bequest of ten poplar trees herein after made to my daughter Lana to hold to her the said Sally Shafer and her heirs forever.

 Fourth : I devise to my daughter Lana the entire balance of the west half of the North east quarter of section 24 in Township four South of Range four east containing 44 acres, and also ten poplar trees for rails to be selected by her from the South west part of said half quarter devised to my daughter Sally Shafer, also five acres and about 40 poles in the south west corner of the South east quarter of section thirteen beginning at the S.W. corner of said quarter, thence North with the line of said quarter 33 poles, thence said 9 poles to the bank of the mill race,  thence up said race to the bank of the creek, thence in such direction to the south line of said quarter as will make said five acres and 40 poles to hold to her the said Lana and her  heirs forever. 
 
Fifth: I devise to my daughter Nancy 45 acres of land in the South East corner of the said South east quarter of section 13, beginning at the South east corner of said quarter, thence north with the line of said quarter 110 poles, thence west 64 poles, thence south 70 poles, thence west 4 poles, thence South 40 poles to the south line of said quarter ,thence east with said line 68 poles to the place of beginning containing 45 acres, also 15 acres and 100 poles in the North west corner of said quarter beginning at the North west corner of said quarter running thence south with the line of said quarter 50 poles, thence east 50 poles, thence North 50 poles to the north line of said quarter, thence west with said line 50 poles to the place of beginning containing 15 acres and 100 poles to hold to her the said Nancy and her heirs forever.
 
Sixth: I devise to my daughter Susanna part of the South east quarter of section 13, beginning 68 poles west of the South East corner of said quarter on the South line of said quarter running thence 96 poles to the west line of said quarter,  thence north 70 poles, thence west to the bank of Buck Creek, thence up the said Creek on the north side with the meanderings thereof to the south line of said quarter, thence east with said line to the place of beginning to hold to her the said Susanna and her heirs forever.
 
Seventh: I direct that the remaining part of said South west quarter of section 15, including my saw mill, grist mill that is attached to said saw mill and all that part of land  belonging to said South west quarter section 13, that lies between my mill race and the south bank of Buck Creek with the meanderings thereof through said quarter which has been bequeathed to any of my children after my death my Executor shall all the legatees together and require of them all them bear and equal part of repairing of said saw mill and grist mill race and dam and as many of them that does appear and bears and equal part in said repairs shall have an equal share  of the profits to keep the said mill in repair and rent it out they may do so and if a majority of them think best to sell the mills and land belonging to the mills they may do so by my children having the first privilege of buying at $480 and if some of my children will take said mills and the land belonging therewith, then it may be sold to any other person that will give $480 or more or cash one of my children that may wish to purchase may purchase the share of any or all the rest of the heirs at any price they may agree on but no stranger may purchase for less than $2400 cash share.
 
Eighth: I devise to my Grandson William Shuck the sum of Forty Dollars if he lives to be twenty one years old, and also I devise to my Grandson George Frederick Shuck Forty Dollars if he lives to be twenty one years old, and then if either of them dies before he is 21 years old then the one that is living is to have fifty dollars and the balance or remaining 30 dollars is to be equally divided among my own children, and if both of my said grandsons should die before they are 21 years old then all the said eighty dollars shall be divided among my own children, said eighty dollars is to remain in the hands of my Executor or be paid over to Richard Thompson my son in law which I direct shall act as Guardian for my two grandsons aforesaid, and keep the money on interest if he can for the use of my said grandsons, and when they arrive to the age of 21 then my Executor or Richard Thompson if he has received the said sum of Eighty Dollars from my executor he shall pay over to my grandsons the said forty dollars each with the interest that may have accrued, my grandson William Shuck will be 21 years old on the 27th day of February 1867, and my grandson George Frederick Shuck will be 21 years old on the 11 day of November 1868.
 
Ninth: I direct that my personal property shall be appraised by three disinterested men to be chosen by my executor and children and six advertisements set up in the most  public places in the neighborhood besides the notice to be given in some newspapers as the law directs and after my wife shall have taken the seventy dollars in value given to her the overplus to be sold by my Executor on a credit of twelve months waiving all the valuation and appraisement laws of Indiana and after paying debts and expenses. I will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Ham Eighty Dollars in cash or cash notes as she may select and also to my daughter Catharine Thompson I will and bequeath Eighty Dollars to be paid in a cash note of the amount of Eighty dollars given by Richard Thompson to me and as soon as there is money enough collected by my Executor he shall pay to my daughter that has received the least legacy the first money that comes to hand until they have received an amount which will make them equal with those of my children that has had land divided to them and if there is not any money in the hand of my Executor belonging to my estate he shall pay it over to such of my children that has received the least amount either in hand or cash or cash notes until they are all made equal, if there should be money enough to make all my children equal with the one that has received the greatest value in land and if there is not money enough to make all equal with the one that has received  the greatest value in land then the one or more of them that received the highest amount in land shall pay back to the balance of my daughters such an amount as will make them all equal, the personal property given to my wife she is to hold during her life and after her death my executor shall take what may remain and sell the same and divide the proceeds equally amongst my children. For the purpose of equalizing the division of my estate among all my children.
I have valued the land devised for the use of my daughter Polly Shafer at one hundred and forty five dollars. To my daughter Sally at one hundred and forty five dollars, To my daughter Susanna at three hundred and fifty dollars. To my daughter Lana at one hundred and sixty dollars, To my daughter Nancy at two hundred and fifteen dollars, I hereby appoint my son on law John Ham executor of this my last Will and Testament and having entire confidence in his honesty and capacity it is my desire that he may be gratified to act in the premises without giving security as is required in ordinary cases, my said executor is to distribute after paying expenses all money coming into his hand from whatever source among my said children as will soonest accomplish the object I have in view of making and equal distribution of my estate as above provided. In witness whereof I George Frederick Shuck the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of October 1848
                                                                                signed: George Shuck  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named George Shuck as his last Will and Testament in the  presents (sic) of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presents (sic) of testator and in the presents (sic)  of each other.
                                                                      signed, Henry Secrist
                                                                                  Jesse D. Shoemaker
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GEORGE GRESHAM WILL
date: Aug.__ 1833

In the Name of God Amen.               
 I, George Gresham of the County of Harrison and State of Indiana being weak  in body, but sound in mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making  void all former Wills by me at anytime heretofore made.
 And First. I direct that all my just debts be paid by my Executor as soon after my decease as they can out of the first money which shall come to their hands out of my Estate either real or personal.
 In the Second place I give and devise unto my son Thomas all the rest and residue of my Estate, both real and personal except  as herein after mentioned, Subject 1, the uses and purposes and the legacies herein after mentioned. It is my will and I do hereby direct that my son Thomas,  in consideration of the gift which I have made to him shall keep my beloved wife Polly during her natural life or widowhood and shall furnish her with  comfortable lodging, victuals and warm apparel suitable to her age and situation both in sickness and in health and further her lodgings are clean and comfortable and comfortable or not shall be at her discretion and in case said Thomas should at any time fail to provide for her as before directed then and in that case the property itself shall be subject to her support and I do hereby invest her with full power to dispose of so much of it as may be necessary for her comfortable support. And it is my further my will that Thomas in consideration of the aforesaid gift and devise shall give my two daughters Susan and Mary Smith, they making  and of the necessary maturity to support themselves and remaining at home with the family until their respective age of Twenty One years or marriage which shall first happen. And give them  so much schooling as will make their education equal of  the other children and at their respective age of Twenty One years or marriage which shall first happen he Thomas shall pay the each of them One Hundred Dollars in goods suitable or serviceable property or cash at his election and in case he shall
 
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elect to pay property and the power of it. Cannot be agreed on they shall refer it  to less discreet, disinterested neighbors such choosing one to say what it is worth, which decision of the neighbors shall be final as to the value. And to my sons William Edward and John they have heretofore received each of them their full  and equal share of my Estate and I cannot here give them any more.  My son Lark I have heretofore  partially _______ for and in addition to what I have given him I give and bequeath to him the sum of $50.00 to be paid to him as soon after my decease   as it can without disarranging the affairs of the farm (?) and to be paid in good selectable property or cash at the election of my son Thomas and in case it should be property and the price of it cannot be agreed on by him and my Executor it shall be decided on the same way and manner as I have above directed for selling the value of property between my son Thomas and my two  { youngest} daughters, Susan and Mary  Ann  I do give  and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Pottinger the sum of $50.00 to be paid to her in such necessaries of life as she may stand in need of & at a fair valuation, and to be given to her by my Executor at such time as she herself may call for it. To my son George I give and bequeath the black horse which he claims and has claimed as his own and I also give  and devise to him all the lot or fraction of lots which were laid out at the time of laying out the town of Lancastle and which were laid out from the ____ of . I give  ____ the Town and which are now invested within the meadow except the one which I have heretofore given  to my son Edward and $50.00 in addition to the above. To my son Thomas I give and bequeath the sum of $140. and one grey filly,1 year old which he now claims as his own and to be paid in the same way and manner as before provided for the payment of my {smudged, can't read 2 words here}
 
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In case my beloved wife Polly Smith shall refuse to accept of the provision which I have herein before  made for her as her full share of my Estate, but elect to take that portion to which she is entitled by the law of the land ,which election she shall make willingly three months after my decease, then and in that case my son Thomas shall not be under any obligation to keep her or provide for her in any way or manner. And in case she should ____namely to take that portion  of my estate to which she is entitled by the law of the land and should further elect to live separate from my son Thomas and my daughters Susan and Mary Ann should wish to live with their Mother then and in that case my son Thomas shalt not be at any expense for their raising, but school them as before directed, and pay to each of them the sum of $100.00 to be paid  to them at the time and in the manner herein before provided for. This payment and further in case that my beloved wife Polly shall elect to take the portion allowed her by law, then and in that case I give and bequeath to my son Lark sum of $50.00, to my daughter Sarah Pottinger the sum of $50.00, and to my daughter Sarah Patterson the sum of $50.00, and to my son Dennis the sum of $140.00 each to be paid at the same time and in the same way and manner as is provided for their payment  or the former part of this my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son William Gresham to be the Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In Testimony thereof I George Gresham Testator and hereto set my hand and my seal this ___ day of August 1833.
 
Signed, sealed. published , and declared by the Testator                                                                                George Gresham (seal)
to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses in presence
of each other
Dennis Pennington & Edward Gresham
 
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State of Indiana, Harrison County, Probate Court
November term 1933: Be it remembered: that on the 11th day of November 1833, the ____tion and foregoing last Will and Testament of George Gresham, deceased was produced  in the Office Court by William Gresham the Executor of therein named and proved by the Oath of /Dennis Pennington and Edward Gresham  as the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded in the Will Book of said Court
 
In testimony thereof: I Henry ___ Clerk of said Court have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of our said County on the day and year last foresaid
                                                                                                                                      signed: Henry W. ____ Clerk
 
Recorded in the Clerks Office of the Probate Court of Harrison County, Indiana in Will Book B, pages 33,34,35 on the 11th day of  Dec 1833
                                                                                                                                      signed Henry W._____ Clerk
 
For the payment of the legacies in the foregoing will, see receipts on file in Probate Court and Order made by said Court. February term 1849 on the 8th day of the Term and the 27th day of the Month
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JOHN HARBISON WILL
Date: Jan. 24, 1829


In the name of God Amen, I, John Harbison  of the County of Harrison, State of Indiana considering the uncertainty of life, being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following that is to say,

 Item 1: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy Harbison on third of the plantation I now live on, One bed and bedding, one horse, one cow and calf, all the kitchen and cupboard furniture during her life or widowhood.

Item 2. I give unto my son Jonathon Harbison and to his heirs forever the quarter and half quarter Section  of land upon which I now live with the exception of the one third part, thereof  left by me to my beloved wife Nancy Harbison during her life or widowhood and then to descend to him the said Jonathon Haribson and his heirs to have and to hold the same ( at the decease of said Nancy Harbison) forever.

Item 3.I give unto my son James Harbison a yoke of steer now in his possession.

Item 4. I give to my daughter Sally Sage one horse creature now in her possession, known by the name of ballface filly.

Item 5. I give unto  the heirs of my daughter Rachel Gwynne the sum of One Dollar each and no more.

Item 6. I will that all the residue of my personal estate be valued and that my son Jonathon Harbison take the same at its valuation and at my daughters Elizabeth and  Jane Harbison marriage or arriving at lawful age to pay the same over to them ____the whole amount of Valuation between them  as is his discretion he may think proper and I  expressly declare that the said  Jonathon Harbison is not to be liable for the death or any accident that may befall any of the live stock that he may take charge of holding the same in trust of my said two daughters Elizabeth and Jane, and it is my further will that the said Jonathon Harbison shall reserve in his hands out of said personal property a reasonable compensation for the troubles and expense of keeping the same.

Item 7: I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Ann Porter Shaw late Ann Porter Harbison a certain negro woman( now in her possession) by the name( I think of Fanny) which negro woman was given to me by my mother). To have and to hold the said negro woman together with her issue during my said sisters natural life and at her death to descend to the heirs of her body, to have  and to hold the same forever. I hereby appoint my beloved wife Nancy Harbison and my son Jonathon Harbison Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former will by me made.
In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal January 24th 1829.
                                                                             Signed: John Harbison           (SEAL)

Signed, Sealed, subscribed and declared by the above named John Harbison as his last Will and Testament herby revoking all others heretofore made in presence of us. Ben Hurst & Edward Davis

State of Indiana, Harrison County .
             Be it remembered that on the 6th day of may 1829, Benjamin Hurst and Edward Davis two of the subscribing witnesses to the within Will of John Harbison deceased, personally appeared before me Henry W. Heth Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County aforesaid and made oath that the within named John Harbison is their presence signed, sealed acknowledged published and declared the within instrument of writing to be his last Will and Testament for the purpose therein contained and that the said John Harbison was at the time of signing the acknowledging the same of sound mind and memory.
In testimony where of I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of our said Court at Corydon the day and year above mentioned.
                                                                                    Signed, Henry W. Heth, Clerk

Recorded in the Clerks office of the Harrison circuit Court, Indiana in Will Book A. page 154, 155, 156 on the eight day of June 1829         
                                                                                    Signed: Henry W. Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

JOHN ANDERSON WILL
Will / Probate:
John ANDERSON’s will is on record in the Harrison County Courthouse, Corydon, IN.
He died about 1846 as his will was made 3 Jun 1845 and probated 18 Feb 1847.
Two children are mentioned - -
Joseph ANDERSON, [who became administrator]
and a daughter, Margaret who married William DODD.
His personal property was to go to his beloved son, Joseph ANDERSON, who married Elizabeth DODDS,
and his real estate was to be divided between his son, Joseph ANDERSON,
and the two children, John & Joseph DODD, of his beloved, Margaret, now decreased.
(Contributed by Lynn Snyder at okiemo@ix.netcom.com )


GEORGE SPENCER WILL
Date, Feb 7, 1812

Indiana Territory, Harrison County

This day Mason Carter came personally before me a Justice of the Peace for said County at Corydon and being first sworn sayeth, saith that he was on the late campaign and in the

Cattle(sic)  or cause (?) of the  7th November that he this deponent and George Spencer were privated in  Captain Spencer’s company in the service of the United States during the action George Spencer having received a wound from the enemy called this deponent to him and told him the he was wounded and must die and told this deponent in case he should be fortunate enough to return home to tell the said George Spencer’s friends the it was his wish that they should give all his property both real and personal to the four younger children of Ruth Walker of Nelson County and to take notice that such was his will. That this deponent talked with the said George Spencer several times afterwards whom the same subject  and the said George Spencer about half and hour before he died requested this deponent not to neglect to tell his friends to give all his property to the four youngest children of the said Ruth, and that their way down the Wabash this deponent asked the said George Spencer why he wished to give the said property to the children of the said Ruth and asked him whether she was his sister, the said George  replied that the truth was, that they were his own children,  and that it was his wish and desire that they should have his property aforesaid.

                                                                Signed, Mason Carter
 Sworn and subscribed before me John Smith one of the United States Justices of said County at Corydon this 7th day of February 1812.             

                                                                  Signed, John Smith

  I, Richard Heth Clerk of the Court of Common Please of Harrison County do certify that I have recorded the within Will in my office the 7th day of February 1812

                                                                  Signed, Richard Heth. Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)


NICOLOS COSTER (KOSTER) WILL
Date; Apr. 27, 1809


In the name of God Amen, I Nicolas Coster of Harrison County, Indiana Territory am of sound memory Thanks be to God, for his mercies doth make this my last Will & Testament.
First, I recommend my Soul to Almighty God and my body to the grave.
Second, I doth leave and bequeath to William Rice (?) all and every part of my estate both real and personable, to his and his heirs forever.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 27th day of April eighteen hundred and nine (1809).
                                                                                Signed, Nicolas Koster (seal)

Witnesses
Peter McMichill, Elijah Haryman ,
Samuel (X)  Woper

At Court of Common Pleas held for Harrison County on the 8th day of November 1809 the within last Will and Testament of Nicolas Koster, dec’d, was produced in Court and proved by the oath of Peter McMichill and Elijah Harryman witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
                                                                  Test: Geo. F. Pope

I Geo. F. Pope clerk for the Court of Common Pleas for the County aforesaid do certify that I have recorded the within last Will and Testament in my office.
                                                                  Signed, Geo. F. Pope
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

JOHN STEPHEN’S WILL
Date: Aug. 1st 1810

In the name of God, Amen.
I, John Stephens of Harrison County Indiana territory being weak of body but of sound mind and memory thanks be to God, knowing that is the appointed time for all men once to die do make this my last Will and Testament.
First of all I give my soul to God who gave it, my body to the dirt to be buried in a Christian  decent burial at the decision of my Executors herein after mentioned and as for the worldly good wherewith to wit hath pleased God to bless me with. I give and bequeath as follows”
Item 1. What debts may be owing from me to my creditors to be lawfully discharged. The residue to be applied as follows.
Item 2nd, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Stecy (?) Stephens all my household and kitchen furniture, one Bay mare & colt, two cows and calves, and the whole use of the plantation where I now live to behold occupied and wholly enjoyed by her during her widowhood for the support of her and her children.
Item 3rd. The whole balance of the property and what debts is owing to me be collected by my Executors the property to be sold upon a Credit and the money put into Interest
 _____ ,What shall be sufficient to Educate the children in a proper manner and to be equally divided between the children when they come of age, saving and reserving to my wife her legal _____ part of all. As for my son Charles Stephens my wish is for him to be bound to the tanning and currying trade the time to be left to the discretion of my executor and lastly of all I do appoint my wife Stecy Stephens and  James Stephens to be the whole and sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament. & do hereby revoke and do annul all and every other  Will and bequest and do acknowledge this my last Will & Testament in witness I have hereunto set my hand and annexed my seal this the first day of August, Anno Domme, 1810
                            Signed: John Stephens

Signed, sealed and Delivered in the presence of us
William Sands & Thomas Infield,

Indiana Territory August 27, 1810
This day William Sands and Thomas Infield came personally before me, George F. Pope Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of Harrison County and made oath that John Stephens signed, sealed, acknowledged and delivered the within instrument of writing purported to be his last Will and Testament to be his act and deed. Whereupon I have admitted the same to Record in my office.
                                                                                  Signed, George F. Pope, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

JOSEPH OATMAN WILL
Date: Nov. 11, 1811
In the Name of God, Amen,

I, Joseph Oatman being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory do ordain and establish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following.
Viz’
First, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Christiana Oatman one hundred and forty acres of land being part of the fractional section number ten of Township number three south of the base line in range number six East of the Second principal meridian if the land sold at Vincennes and being the same on which I now live. The said one hundred and forty acres to be laid off on the lower line of the said fractional section extending to the back line of the same, and extending up the river for quantity, and the upper line to run from the river parallel with the lower line. The said one hundred and forty acres to include the ferry, and so much of the farm as may fall within the above described boundary, and all the appurtenances profits and advantages to the same belonging or in anywhere appertaining to hold the same as her own proper estate in fee simple.
 I also give to my said wife all the household furniture, and all the cattle, and hogs now in my possession,  and also all the farming utensils belonging to the said farm, and also a man and woman servant of color, to serve till they shall become free according to law, and also one old horse called Bull, one roan horse colt two years old, and young bay more than four years old, and one half of the stock of the sheep now on hand, and also one equal third part of the proceeds of the sale of all the other personal estate not already given or bequeathed, and one equal third part of  all money which may be collected or received for debts which are or may be due, and owing to me after defraying all necessary expenses and paying all just debts which I owe or which I may be in any way justly owing on my accounts. And this I give and bequeath to my said wife for the purpose and in consideration of her raising, supporting and schooling such of my children as are yet in a State of Minority.
 I also give and bequeath to Beverly Hurst who intermarried with Elizabeth Oatman, my daughter, one hundred acres of land to be taken off the upper part of the fractional section number fifteen of Township number three South of the Care’s (?) line in range number six aforesaid according to a bond which I gave to the said Beverly Hurst for the same which is in full of my said daughter’s portion of my real and personal estate. I also give and bequeath to my two sons John Oatman & George Oatman the remainder of the said last mentioned fractional section number fifteen being one hundred and thirty six acres to be equally divided between them according to quantity and equally in such a manner, and by such line as they shall agree when deducting each one equally out of the their part of the proceeds of the personal estate, the price of the thirty acres of  the said land at the rate of Twelve Dollars per acre, the said one hundred and thirty six acres being more than would fall to my said two sons as their part of my real estate.
 I also give and bequeath to my four other children, Susanna Oatman, Jesse Oatman, Peggy Oatman, & Julyann Oatman all the remainder of my real estate to be equally divided amongst them being the remainder of the aforesaid fractional section number 10 after the part already given to my wife and a small tract which I have sold off the upper end to John Paul the said land to be equally divided amongst them by lines running parallel with the other sectional lines and extending from the river to the back line of the said fraction, so that each lot may extend from the river to the back line, Susannah to have the upper lot, Jesse the next, Peggy the next and Julyann the lowest down adjoined to the lands above bequeathed to her mother, each of the said children to have possession of the perspective parts hereby given to them at their coming to full age or at any of their marriage which ever may first happen.
And as to the remainder of my personal estate not herein and hereby already disposed  of an all debts due to me when collected after all expenses defrayed and just debts paid and after deducting one third part already given and bequeathed to my wife for the purpose above mentioned and after also deducting from the parts of John Oatman and George Oatman, the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars each in consideration of their having thirty acres more than their equal part of the real estate, the residue of my personal estate I give to my sons John Oatman & George Oatman, Jesse Oatman and my daughters Susanna Oatman, Peggy Oatman, and Julyann Oatman to be equally divided amongst them excepting the deduction already mentioned, and the property or money arising from the sale of the personal property and collected from any persons or accounts of debts due to be paid to such of my said children as are of age at the  time it comes to hand or as soon after as collected, and any money collected for and hereby made payable to such as ___ in a state of minority to be placed out at interest insure hands for their use and to be paid to each one on their coming of age or day of marriage.
 And I hereby appoint James Sealt and John Oatman executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me made.

In witnesses whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh (11) day of  November in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eleven (1811).
                                                                              Signed, Joseph  (X)   Oatman
                                    his mark

Signed, sealed, published & declared by the above names Joseph Oatman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
                                                                               Signed, Joseph Mayall
                                    James Baird
                                    Ebenezer Morgan
                                    William Mitchell
                                     Mark Trueblood

At the Court of Common Pleas held for the County of  Harrison on the 3rd day of June, 1812, the within last Will & Testament of Joseph Oatman, deceased, was produced in Court and proved by the oath of Jospeh Mayall and Mark Trueblood subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded.
                            Signed Richard M. Heth, clerk

I, Richard M. Heth, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Harrison County do certify that I have recorded the last Will & Testament of Joseph Oatman, deceased, in my office the 8th day of June, 1812.
                                                                          Signed, Richard M. Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

WILL OF JOSEPH HOWELL
Date: Feb. 24, 1812


Indiana Territory, Harrison County, The will of God be done, I, Joseph Howell in the territory and county aforesaid being in my perfect senses, but much on the decline in health and fraility of body, by ___ and not full capable of maintaining myself  and my loving companion we being the upwards of fifty odd years of age, I do by the will of God for  the tender care that my daughter Mary and my sons Daniel and Jonah Howell ___ to have to me. I do by their agreeing and will do ____ bind themselves jointly and agree to and do bind themselves their heirs and assigns.
We, Mary & Daniel and Jonah Howell to care and maintain our father Joseph Howell  ___ and tender Mother Gean (?) Howell while in this world will ____ in clothing and all necessary required in  health or in sickness. We will bond our duty to keep them free from want or coming on the hardish (?)  and I, Joseph Howell Senior,  for the love and confidence and belief that I have to my children. I do by the presents due give freely and by the presents do deliver unto my daughter Mary and Daniel and Jonah Howell Jr.  one
___ horse branded with Bon the neck shoulder, one white mare and colt, now brand discoverable, six head of cows five of them marked.
This a crop one under bit in _____twenty head of hogs marked with the same mark concluding household and kitchen furniture and        which I freely give it all to them whetch ? (sic)  is out of now defroo (?) of my just deters ? (sic )their use do bind ourselves  all unto given under our hand and cell (seal) this twenty fourth day of February 1812.
Signed Joseph Howell Senior
            Mary Howell
    Daniel Howell
    Jonah Howell
Test: John Johnston
         Andrew Johnston

I ,Richard Heth Clerk of the Court of Common pleas of Harrison county do certify that I have recorded the within instrument of Joseph Howell in my office the 15th day  of June 1812
                                                                         Signed, Richard Heth, Clerk

Note: I have transcribed this to the best of my ability, Bonnie Clark
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

WILL OF WILLLIAM WILLIAMS
Date : Oct. 8th, 1812


In the name of God Amen.
I, William Williams of Harrison County Exery Township, Indiana Territory being in perfect soundness of mind, but considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of its time of coming; do hereby make and ordain this to be my last Will & Testament.

First: I recommend my soul to God who gave it to me, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent like Christian manner. And as _____ my worldly property which it has pleased God to bestow on me, it is my Will and earnest desire, that it may be disposed of in following manner.

 Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Ruth Williams all my estate real and personal, and demised to and for her use during her widowhood in my name in trust for the children to raise and school all my minor children.

Thirdly, I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Williams, married that is to Joseph Wintery the sum of fifty cents.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah wife of Phillip Hoone(?) fifty cents.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Nancy married to John Gilmore fifty cents.

Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret wife of John Allen fifty cents.

Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ruth wife of Francis Hamilton the sum of Five Dollars.

Eightly, I give and bequeath to my son William, fifty cents, and likewise the aforesaid legatees I do forgive them all my demands, I have against them.

Ninthly, I give and bequeath to my son James the homestead place where I now live on to him and his heirs and assigns forever with all the privileges thereunto belonging at the marriage or  decease of my wife Ruth Williams

Tenthly, I give and bequeath to my two daughters Hannah and Elizanaih, a note of two hundred and twenty five dollars, which I have on my son William to be paid to them in two equal shares four years after my decease, and at my wife’s decease. She has it at her discretion to divide as she sees cause among her 6 children all the property at her decease, excepting any money due to me in the state of Pennsylvania, which I shall hereafter mention, excepting the two hundred and twenty five dollars I have already bequeathed, and the remainder of the above mentioned money, I do allow to be laid out by the direction of my executors for land and said land to be equally divided between my three sons, viz” John, Barnerd and Ford, for them their heirs and assigns forever, And I do nominate and appoint my loving wife Ruth to be my hole and sole Executrix to this my last Will & Testament as witness my hand and seal this day  and date above written.
                                                                          Signed William Williams (SEAL)

Wm. Marsh
Thomas Young.

Indiana territory-Sect. Nov. 16, 1892
This day William T. Marsh and Thomas Young came personally before me Richard Heth Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Harrison County and made oath that William Williams signed, sealed acknowledged and delivered the within instrument of writing purporting to be his last Will and Testament to be his act and deed.
Whereupon I have admitted the  same to record in my office.
                                                                                  Signed Richard Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

RUTH WILLIAMS WILL
Date: November 19th 1819
 
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, RUTHE Williams of  Boone Township in Harrison County, State of Indiana, being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed to all men and women once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. That is to say that principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth. And as touching  such worldly Estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this life , I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

 First, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Williams the wife of Josiah Winters the sum of one dollar.

 Also I give to my daughter  Nancy Williams the wife of John Gilmore the sum of one dollar.

 Also I give to my daughter Margaret Williams  the wife of John Allen the sum of one dollar.

 Also I give to my daughter Ruth Williams the wife of Francis Hamilton the sum of one dollar.

 Also I give to my daughter Hannah Williams the wife of Phillip Albin the sum of one dollar.

 Also I give to my daughter Elizaanne Williams, wife of Solomon Banning the sum of one dollar.

 I also give to my son William Williams the sum of one dollar.

 The above legacies to be paid one year after my decease.

Also I give and bequeath unto my son Ford Williams all and  singularly my land messages, tenements and monies his heir and assignees forever, and I do hereby constitute make and ordain my son William Williams  to be my sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disavow and revoke and disannul all and any former Testament Wills, bequests and Executors by me in any way before named will and  made ratifying, and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament.

In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of November in the year of Our Lord, 1819.

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Ruthe Williams as her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.

Witnesses: William Marsh Sr.  &  James Evans, 
State of  Indiana, Harrison County} SCT.

Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared before me the undersigned clerk of the Harrison County Circuit Court , James Evans and William Marsh witnesses to the within named  Will and made oath that  the within named Ruth Williams signed, sealed acknowledge, published and declared the within instrument of writing to be her Last Will & Testament for the purpose therein named  and affixed the seal of our said Court at Corydon this 22nd day of July 1823 ( smeared ?).
Signed, Henry W. Heth, Clerk, Harrison County Court
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)


JOSEPH MAXWELL’S WILL
Date: Oct. 27, 1813


Be it known too whom these may concern that I, Joseph Maxwell being about to leave my home on an Expedition against the Shawnee Indians tribes and knowing the uncertainty of this life and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say first of all I recommend myself to care of the Almighty God, and concerning what little it has pleased God to bless me with I dispose of in the following manner.
First I leave and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Berry Eighty Dollars owing to me by Phillip Sutton of North Carolina.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Maxwell all the remainder of my goods and chattel right and credits land and Tenements during her natural life or the time she shall remain my widow. Then to be equally divided amongst the rest of children. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th day of October, Anno Domino, One thousand Eight Hundred and eleven.
                            Signed, Joseph Maxwell (seal)

Signed, sealed pronounced and declared, as the last Will & Testament of Joseph Maxwell, In the presence of James Maxwell, Joseph Maxwell Sarah (X) Maxwell
                                    (Her mark)

Indiana Territory Sct.: April 15th 1813
This day James Maxwell, & Joseph Maxwell, came personally before me Richard Heth, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Harrison County and made oath that Joseph Maxwell signed. Sealed and delivered the instrument in writing purporting to be his last Will & Testament to be his act and deed where upon I have admitted the same to record in my office.
                            Signed Richard Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

WILLIAM BYRN’S WILL
Date; March 29, 1813


In the Name of God Amen,
I, William Byrn of Harrison County, Indiana Territory, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory ,bless be to Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following., That is to say.
First, after my just debts are paid. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Christian Byrn during her natural life or widowhood all my real and personal estate. But in case of her death or marriage all my property shall be equally divided amongst my children, and I hereby appoint Temple Byrn and Beverly B. Boston executors of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and my seal this 29th day of March in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirteen.
                            Singed, William Byrn (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named William Byrn to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have here unto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
Johnson Vest
Charles L. (X) Byrn
        His mark
Daniel (X) McCoy
    His mark

Indiana Territory, Sct. 12th May 1813
This day Johnson Vest & Charles L. Byrn and Daniel McCoy came personally before me Richard M. Heth, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Harrison County and made oath that William Byrn signed sealed, acknowledges and delivered the above instrument of writing purporting to be his last Will & Testament to be his act and deed.
Wherefore I have admitted the same to record in my office.   
                        Signed, Richard M... Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

ELI WRIGHT WILL
Date: Sept. 9, 1813

In the name of God Amen.   I, Eli Wright of Harrison County, Indiana Territory being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind do make and ordain this my last Will &
Testament.

In the first place I desire that my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid.

Item 1, I give and bequeath unto my wife Pheba Wright my two old work horses, three milch cows, which she is to choose out of my stock of cattle, two breeding sows and six of the best hogs, my mare and her two colts, large kettle and two pots, eight of the smaller hogs to be chosen by herself, all my chairs, a pewter dish, half a dozen plates and all the cupboard furniture, a bed stead and my old rifle gun, all which property she is to enjoy during her life and after her death whatever is in her possession at the time, thereof to be equally divided between my children, Joel Joseph & Polly.

Item 2, I give to my wife the quarter section of land where on I now live during her life for the purpose of maintaining herself and children.

Item 3, It is my will and desire that my said wife shall have during her life two pair of  ____, two ploughs one mattock, two sheeding (?) hoes, one axe, and my crosscut saw and after her death the same is to be divided equally amongst my children, Joel Joseph & Polly.

Item 4, I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan the quarter section of land whereon he now lives laying on Indian Creek and a horse now in my possession, which has been usually called Iris, to him and his heirs forever.

Item 5, After the death of my wife I give and bequeath to my son Eli Wright the quarter section of land which I now live to him and his heirs forever.

Item 6, I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca, One hundred and thirty one Dollars and fifty cents in cash, one bed stead and furniture, a mare which has been usually called hers and a saddle and bridle to her and her heirs forever.

Item 7, I give and bequeath to my son Ruben, twelve payments which I made upon his land to him and his heirs forever.

Item 8, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth, one hundred and thirty one dollars and fifty cents in cash and one bed stead and furniture to her and her heirs forever.

Item 9, I give and bequeath to my son Joe; the South East quarter of section # 7 of Township number five, South of the case line in range number thirteen East of the second meridian to him and his heirs forever.

Item 10, I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly, one hundred and thirty one dollars and fifty cents in cash to be placed out at interest until she comes of age or marries, to her and her forever.

Item 11, it is my will and desire that my wife shall have during her life the table, her saddle and bridle, the loom and tackling, _____, Shiming wheel, looking glass and the best hay stack, my drawing knife, my hand saw, which is at home, my English sythe and for the present support of herself and children, two hundred bushels of corn and twenty five bushels of wheat out of this year’s crop and after her death the property first mentioned in this clause is to be sold and the proceeds divided between my children, Joel, Joseph and Polly.

Item 12, It is my will and desire that the balance of my property not herein otherwise disposed of consisting of cattle, sheep and hogs household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils, tools,
corn, wheat etc, shall be sold and the proceeds thereof when collected together with what money I now have and that which is due me when collected and not otherwise ___ (smudged, can’t read)  that shall laid out toward having my younger children learned to read and wright (sic)  and in land for my son Joseph.

Item 13, It is my will and desire that my executor herein after named shall purchase in the name of my son Joseph Wright agreeably to the last foregoing clause a quarter section of land which I give and bequeath to him, ___said Joseph and his heirs forever.

Item 14, It is my will and desire that my younger children shall be subject to the control and guidance of my wife and if they should disobey her, it is my wish that she should bind them out to the trades and it is also my wish that neither of them shall have the land hereby bequeathed to them until they arrive at full age or marry. If my wife should die before Eli arrives at the age of twenty one years, it is my wish that my son Jonathan should see that he possess his land, but not dispose of it.

Item 15, It is my will and desire that the balance of the money which I now have and that which will arrive from the sale of my personal property and that which shall be kept   in the possession of my Executors to be by him paid our for maintenance of my wife and schooling and maintenance of my younger children after the death of my wife.

Item 16, I give and bequeath to my wife all the flax which has been raised this year.

Lastly I do hereby appoint my son Jonathan Wright Executor of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
In witness whereof I hereto set my hand and affix my seal this 9th day of September 1813.
                        Signed, Eli Wright (seal)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged and published in the presence of us who witnessed the same in presence of the Testator and of each other.
John George Pefrimmer
George F. Pope

Indiana Territory 2nd Oct. 1813
This day john George Pefrimmer & George F. Pope come personally into court and made oath that Eli Wright signed sealed, acknowledged and delivered the above instrument of writing purporting to be his last Will & Testament to be his act and deed.
Whereof I have admitted the same to record in my office.
                         Signed, Richard M. Heth, clerk

Indiana Territory Sct.
I, Richard M. Heth clerk of the court of common pleas of Harrison County in said Territory do certify that I have recorded the within will in my Office in Will Book A. pages 24,25,25,27,28.            Attest. Richard M. Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

ROBERT BARNEBY WILL
Date. Oct. 20, 1813

I n the Name of God Amen.  I being weak in body but in my right mind, do make and constitute this my last Will & Testament. After my just debts are paid I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Barneby all thats contained in the house with a field of corn and wheat above the house with the plantation till my children are raised over and above her thirds and then to take her third of all my remaining Estate. And the balance to be equally divided with all my children. I appoint Absalom Hart and Patrick Shields my Executors to act and transact the business of my Estate as witness my hand and seal this 20th day of October, 1813.
                       Interlined before signed.
                                                                       Robert Barneby (seal)
Witness, Daniel (X) Cline & George (X) Watts
        His mark            His mark

Indiana Territory-Sct}
     Dec. 6th, 1813.
This day Daniel Cline & George Watts came personally before me Richard M. Heth, clerk of the court of Common Pleas of Harrison County in said Territory and made oath that Robert Barneby, signed, sealed and acknowledge and delivered the within instrument of writing purporting to be his last Will & Testament to be his act and deed. Wherefore I have admitted the same to record in my office in Will Book A. page 30.
                                                                       Signed, Richard M. Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

SAMUEL McADAMS SR.,  WILL
Date:Sept.9, 1824

Last Will & Testament in the name of God, Amen.
I, Samuel McAdams, Sr. of Harrison County, IN. being sick of body, but of perfect mind and memory and understanding thanks be to God for the it, calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men to once die, and after that the Judgment.
It is my will and desire that after my funeral expenses and just debts to be paid. 
That I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Jemimah McAdams the dwelling house where she now lives in, and the garauig (?) and all the buildings, outhouses, corn cribs, and stables, also 1 bed and bedding, and the corner cupboard, that is in the dwelling house, and as much of the corner cupboard affairs as she may think proper to make use of, and as much of the potmettles, she made that is one large kettle, and stew kettle, 1 tea kettle, 1 skillett, 1 flat iron, and the coffee mill, 1 pair or small  stilards (Sic), 1 potrack, 1 looking glass, also 1 cow  & calf, which she thinks proper, to take 1 white breeding sow and 2 ___ hogs and 2 head of sheep, also ½ third of the rent of the ___ to be delivered at the crib to be for her benefit and support during her lifetime, also 1 clothes chest, 1 table and 4 chairs, including the arm chair as one.
And after her death to fall back again to my heirs divided amongst my sons and daughters.
Further more it is my Will and desire that my personal Estate to be sold at public sale, to the highest bidder, with credit of 9 months.
Excepting 80 acres of land that I gave to my son Daniel, which I have valued at $200, to be deducted out of his part.
Also I gave to my son John 63 acres of land, which I have valued at $200, to be deducted out of his part. Also $50, that I gave him in money.
Also I gave to my son Samuel 80 acres of land, I have valued at $200, which is to be deducted from his part.
Also I gave to my daughter Mary the wife of Michael Summers $200, that she has received to be deducted out of her part.
Also I charge my son Alexander $200 that he received to be deducted out of his part.
I also give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah, the wife of Ignatius Thompson, $200 of money out of my Estate.
Also my son William’s heirs, is to have $200 in money out of my Estate, to be divided amongst them.
All my sons and daughters, is to have $200 in money out of my Estate.
It is my Will & desire that my wearing apparel be equally divided amongst my 4 sons, share and share alike.
Also I leave to my wife Jemimah what corn and meat that I have now for her support. Now if in case my personal Estate should not ___ out with the deductions of $50 from my son Daniel’s part and $50 from my son John’s part, to the other 3, that is my daughter Sarah, and the children of William, and Stephen , then I want my Executors to make it up out of my Real Estate, and if in case there is anything left, then that is to be divided amongst them.
And furthermore it is my desire that the lots are sold separately,  and the lands to the best advantage either by private or public sale, according to the best discretion of my executors, and the money arising from them be equally divided amongst them all as before mentioned.
It is my Will that my place be rented out to the highest bidder by my Executors for money or corn from year to year as they may think proper, until the death of my beloved wife Jemimah Forther More.
I do make and ordain my son john McAdams  and Isaac French to be my sole Executors of this my last Will  & Testament, revoking all former and other Wills by me where unto I have set my hand and seal  this 29th of Sept. 1824.   Samuel McAdams Sr. (Seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us.
Andrew McKune, Samuel Summers, Abraham Funk
State of Indiana, Harrison County}SS.
Be it remembered that on this day personally before me Henry W. Heth, Clerk of the Circuit Court of the aforesaid county, in the 2nd Judicial Circuit in the State aforesaid, Andrew McKune, Samuel Summers, & Abraham Funk, subscribing witnesses to the within will and made oath that in their presence Samuel McAdams Sr. signed, sealed, acknowledged, published and declared the within instrument in writing to be his last Will & Testament for the purpose therein contained.
In testimony whereof, I have hereto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of our said court at Corydon, this 6th of November 1824.
H.W. Heth, Clerk
Recorded in clerk’s office of Harrison County Circuit Court Will book “A”, pages 102,103,104,105,106, this 6th of Nov. 1824.
H.W. Heth, Clerk
(Transcribed and Contributed by Bonnie Clark at clarkbar@bbtel.com)

Benjamin Adams Will
March 14 1833
In the name of God Amen, I Benjamin Adams of Corydon, county of Harrison, and state of Indiana, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other former wills by me at any time  hertofore made. And first I direct that my executors whom shall hereafter name as soon after my death as practiable shall settle and arrange all my worldly affairs  which is propers for them to do and to pay every just debt whatsoever which I owe out of the first moneys which shall come to there hands, out of my estate whit real or personal. And secondly I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah my old mare for which she should not be accoutable in any case except for the payment of debts after all my other property is exhausted
In the next place I direct that all my personal property which may not be necessary for my family to keep shall be sold by my executor the sale to be conducted in all respects as administratiors are director, by the laws of this state, to proceed with the sale of property so which I now own I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah for and during her natural life, that she may apply the profits and proceeds there of to the raising and educating the children. And further if my beloved wife shall find it necessary or think it advantageous to sell any part of the real estate in order to better enable her to raise and eduate the childrens she is at liberty, and it is my will that she should, do so. On the next (?) (?) that immediately after my wife's death my farm being near Utica in teh county of Clark, shall be sold at a reasonable credit and also my house and lot in the town of New Albany (?) my executors shall at the time think it more advangteous  to the heirs not to sell it and all the money arising from the sale of my real property direct to be put out at interest and the interest applied to the raising and educating the children, and should the interest thus arising not be sufficient to raise and educate them then and in that case I direct that so much of the principal as may be also likely necessary shall also be applied to raise and educate them. And in order that my executors may be under no means misapprehension as to my meaning, here again briefly  (?) that my beloved wife is to be the sole judge of what part of my personal property it will necessary  to retain for the purpose of raising the farm (?) and what part she will sell, she is also to be the sole judge, during her life, what part to sell for the purposes beforementioned namely for raising and educating the children, and after her death, my executors shall exercise a sound discretion whether it will be advantageous or no to my heirs to sell my house and lot in New Albany if it shall be then unsold, the farm is to be sold at all events. I do hereby constitute  and appoint my beloved wife Sarah executrix and Thomas Butler of the county of Clark and John Smith of Corydon executors of this my last will and testament. In testimony where of my last will and testament written on one sheet of paper set my hand and  seal this 14th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three signed seal published and declared by Benjamin Adams testators as for his last will and testament in presence of us who have seals scribed our names in presence of the testator.
William Porter
Transcribed and Contributed by Erica Beatty



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